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The following food storage calculator will calculate quantities of bulk staple foods based on 1-year of preparedness from recommendations by the church of LDS.

In an uncertain world there is a certain amount of good sense in planning ahead.

If a 1-year food supply is beyond your reason, consider a 3-month minimum (÷ 4), or enter “0.25” instead of “1” for each person.

Family Members, Ages 7+
Family Members, Ages 0-6

Your family will need:
Wheat lbs
Flour lbs
Corn Meal lbs
Oats lbs
Rice lbs
Pasta lbs
Total Grains lbs

Fats and Oils
Shortening lbs
Vegtable Oil gal
Mayonaise qts
Salad Dressing qts
Peanut Butter lbs
Total Fats lbs

Beans, dry lbs
Lima Beans lbs
Soy Beans lbs
Split Peas lbs
Lentils lbs
Dry Soup Mix lbs
Total Legumes lbs
Honey lbs
Sugar lbs
Brown Sugar lbs
Molasses lbs
Corn Syrup lbs
Jams lbs
Fruit Drink, powdered lbs
Flavored Gelatin lbs
Total Sugars lbs

Dry Milk lbs
Evaporated Milk cans
Other lbs
Total Dairy lbs

Cooking Essentials
Baking Powder lbs
Baking Soda lbs
Yeast lbs
Salt lbs
Vinegar gal

Water gal

Note: The food calculator above is a guide, and is based on one source (LDS), although a popular one in the realm of food storage.

Note: The water calculation is literally 1-gallon per person per day (minimum). However if you live near a reliable source of water, consider storing 2-weeks worth while investing in a quality water purifier-filter to treat water from other sources.

There are many additional items which you should consider adding – things like condiments, spices & herbs, etc. A good food storage is a diversified one, so consider a combination of bulk items, canned foods, dehydrated and freeze-dried foods, purpose-packed long-term foods (kits, #10 cans, packets, etc.).

The items above are considered bulk ‘staple’ foods – which should be stored properly for long term. Grains and other dry goods should be sealed in buckets (Mylar bags, oxygen absorbers, etc.).

It is a very important principle to rotate your foods (even your bulk) to minimize spoilage over time.